Time Out for Art: Drawing a Line (or Knot)

Bowline, pencil, 5" x 7"
Bowline, pencil, 5″ x 7″

Jeff Werner wrote in Sail Magazine, “Once you cut a piece of rope off the spool at the chandlery and bring it aboard your boat and give it a job to do, it becomes a line you have put to work.”  Here I’ve put my artist’s line and the sailor’s line to work together.

This knot is a bowline, probably the most commonly found knot on a sailboat.  It is used when one wants a fixed loop in a line that won’t slip or jam, such as fastening a mooring line to a ring or a post.  The bowline is strong, but unties easily once it is not longer needed.  It is a poor safety knot since it can work its way untied when there is no pressure on it.



13 thoughts on “Time Out for Art: Drawing a Line (or Knot)

    • Not very difficult, just a matter of observing the lights and darks. A little tedious perhaps in that each turn of the three-stranded rope has its own lights and shadows, but I did the drawing in stages as I was waiting for watercolor washes on other pictures to dry.

  1. How I remember struggling on that knot when I was a junior scout. I looked carefully and you have Got It! The rabbit came out of the hole, round the tree and back into the hole. A lovely drawing. Tony

    • Lisa (of Zeebra Designs and Destinations.wordpress.com) is sponsoring an informal forum for pencil drawings every Thursday. There are entries of many subjects, under the category of “Time Out for Art”. (I can’t seem to figure out how to put a link in this comment and I usually put a link in the post but I see that I didn’t do that this week.)

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